Bitter End For ‘Zidance’

10Jul06

from Mercury News

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BERLIN – Zinedine Zidane lost his temper, France lost the World Cup final, and the victorious Italians, who head home Monday to a possible verdict in a massive match-fixing scandal, celebrated their fourth world title with unbridled joy after winning the tense match 5-3 in penalty kicks. The match was deadlocked 1-1 after regulation.

Zidane and Materazzi, who scored the game’s two goals, exchanged words in the 110th minute, Zidane walked away and then inexplicably turned around and charged head-first into Materazzi’s chest like a bull at Pamplona. Materazzi fell backward onto the field.

Elizondo apparently didn’t see the incident and didn’t call a foul at first. Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon protested wildly and French coach Raymond Domenech made a movie camera gesture, as if suggesting Materazzi was acting. After consulting with other officials, who reportedly viewed video replay, Elizondo pulled out the red card. It is believed to be the first time video review was used in international soccer.

Zidane was unavailable for comment.

It wasn’t the first time Zidane lost his head during a match. Eight years ago, he served a two-game suspension after stamping his stud-prints onto the thigh of a Saudi Arabian opponent. Six years ago, while playing for Juventus, he was banned five matches after head-butting Hamburger SV player Jochen Kientz during a Champions League match.

“If the scandal hadn’t happened, I think we would not have won the World Cup,” Gattuso said. “It gave us more strength. We showed great heart.”

I don’t have the heart to remember the good things right now. Only the disappointment at the moment,” Domenech said. “I am deeply disappointed. We deserved the title based over the whole match – Zidane’s red card was a key element to the match.”

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Know what I think? I thinkMaterazzi sure said something realy realy bad, then and there on the pitch, to get his chest bulled by Zidane.

Ohwell… both teams are final worthy. I just regret that Germany failed the semi-final.

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